BREAKING THE CODE
by Hugh Whitemore
10 February – 5 March 2022
Presented as part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
“Each problem – each decision – requires fresh ideas, fresh thoughts”
During the Second World War, tucked away in the country at Bletchley Park, the most brilliant mathematical minds in Britain were working to crack the complex German military code known as Enigma.
One of them was the eccentric genius Alan Turing, who invented a machine that broke the code. For his efforts, which shortened the war by two years and saved an estimated two million lives, he was decorated by Churchill, but the top-secret nature of his work meant that his vital contribution remained unknown to the wider public.
But Enigma wasn’t the only code he broke. At a time when homosexual acts were considered a criminal offence, Turing’s arrest on a charge of gross indecency after admitting to a sexual liaison with a young man he’d recently met, shattered the homophobic social code.
The public humiliation that followed, and his choice to undergo chemical castration rather than serve a prison sentence, left him physically and mentally debilitated. In 1954, he died by his own hand, aged 41, forgotten and alone.
Half a century later, Turing is now lauded as a British hero. After being posthumously pardoned by the Queen, his story was immortalised in the film The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The legislation that secured pardons for 75,000 other men and women convicted of similar crimes has become known as ‘the Alan Turing Law’, and in 2021 he became the new face of the £50 note.
This acclaimed biographical drama investigates who he was, what happened to him, and why. It’s a compassionate and poignant depiction of the life of an extraordinary man, his creativity, his yearning for love and companionship, and his deep humanity.
“Powerful, riveting drama” New York Daily News
Director & Designer Anthony Skuse
Vision Designer Patrick Phillips
Dialect Coach Benjamin Purser
Production Manager Talia Benatar
Naomi Belet, Igor Bulanov,
Steve Corner, John Grinston
Bridget Haberecht, Jason Jefferies
Leilani Loau, Ewan Peddley
Martin Portus, Dallas Reedman
Harry Reid, Jess Vince-Moin
Previews Thu 10 & Fri 11 Feb 7:30pm
Press Night/Opening Night Sat 12 Feb 7:30pm
Thu – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm
Final performance Sat 5 Mar 2pm
Running time to be advised
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
Mardi Gras Members $25 (with promo code)
New Theatre Members $22
Thrifty Thursdays $22
COVID- Safe protocols.
For the safety of our audiences, casts and crews, staff and volunteers:
Full vaccinations are mandatory with certificates or exemptions shown at entry
Masks are mandatory
Check ins are mandatory
Please refer to Your COVID-Safe Visit
Main image: Public Domain/Christina Hatzis